Breast Reduction: A Matter of Esthetics and Health

While breast augmentation is among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, some women choose to reduce the size of their breasts. Why opt for breast reduction? How is the procedure done? Can you breastfeed after breast reduction? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this blog post.

Breast Reduction: A Personal Choice

Breast hypertrophy (overly large breasts relative to the body) can cause both physical and psychological distress. In some women, larger breasts cause back, shoulder and neck pain. Others feel generalized musculoskeletal discomfort, leading to an abnormal curvature of the spine.

Many women with large breasts also feel embarrassed and stared at by other people. Teenage years can be difficult – Phys Ed classes where young girls have to run, swim and jump can be particularly stressful for them.

Whether it is a question of physical and mental health or esthetics, breast reduction is a personal choice that involves a number of benefits:

  • No more physical pain
  • Better posture
  • Easier to dress
  • Better self-image
  • Better self-esteem

The Procedure in Brief
Practiced under general anesthesia, a breast reduction procedure lasts around two hours. It is a one day surgery that consists in:

  • Reducing the volume of the mammary gland
  • Removing excess skin
  • Correctly repositioning the areola and nipple

After surgery, it is normal to experience some discomfort that can be alleviated using a muscle relaxant or anti-inflammatory. As a general rule, it is possible to resume normal activities (provided they are not excessive) 7 to 10 days after surgery.

Is It Possible to Breast Feed After Breast Reduction?
In principle, breast reduction does not interfere with breastfeeding. However, a woman who wants to breastfeed in the future must inform the plastic surgeon. Most of the time, the milk ducts can be avoided during surgery. However, if any milk ducts are cut, they will regenerate over time. It is recommended that patients wait at least a year after breast reduction surgery before becoming pregnant, in order to prevent the breast becoming too sensitive.

Breast reduction surgery can really improve appearance and health. In many years of practice at Centre de Chirurgie Plastique de l’Île-des-Sœurs, Dr. Gilles Beauregard has helped numerous women suffering from breast hypertrophy to feel better. Call us if you have any questions about breast reduction surgery or for an appointment.

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